The Border Security Force (BSF) has killed seven Pakistani Rangers personnel and a terrorist in retaliatory firing after a sniper attack by the Pakistani forces at Hiranagar in Kathua district of Jammu had injured an Indian trooper in the morning.
After the Rangers injured BSF jawan Gurnam Singh in sniper fire and tried to block attempts by his colleagues to evacuate him to safety, BSF launched an aggressive retaliation marked by intermittent small arms and "area weapons" fire.
"We had to respond when they tried to prevent our efforts to rescue our injured jawan," BSF additional director-general Arun Kumar said.
The death of the seven Pakistan Rangers, comes after the September 29 surgical strikes on terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and may delay the prospect of de-escalation of tension between the neighbours.
The killing of the Rangers personnel was part of a larger drive to prevent infiltration, which has seen the Army and paramilitary troopers foil the determined efforts by the Pakistan Army to help terrorists cross over to India.
BSF's Kumar said that Gurnam and other BSF jawans were targeted because they had responded effectively to foil an attempt, captured by thermal imagers, to push terrorists into India on the intervening night of October 19 and 20 in the same area of Hiranagar. At least four terrorists were spotted as they moved along the international boundary.
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